Here you will find monthly and yearly Canadian, European and U.S. sales figures for the Saab 9-3. The Saab 9-3 is a compact executive car that was produced by the Swedish automaker Saab between 1998 and 2012. It succeeded the Saab 900 and, over the years, was available in various body styles, including sedan, convertible, and station wagon (often referred to as the SportWagon or SportCombi).
Saab 9-3 Overview
The Saab 9-3 maintained several of Saab’s iconic design elements like the curved windshield, cockpit-inspired dashboard, and the key slot located between the front seats. Over its production period, the 9-3 saw multiple revisions, with significant changes coming in 2003 when the second generation was introduced. The model got a more streamlined design, and the hatchback variant was replaced by a sedan.
Saab, having a heritage in aeronautics, infused the 9-3 with a combination of performance and safety. The car came with a range of engine options over the years, including turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. Turbocharging was something of a hallmark for Saab. The car was generally front-wheel drive, but some versions, especially in the later years, offered an all-wheel-drive system called “XWD.”
The 9-3’s interior design was inspired by Saab’s aviation roots, with controls arranged in a cockpit style. The Night Panel feature, another nod to aviation, allowed the driver to turn off non-essential lighting on the dashboard to reduce distraction during night-time driving. The Saab 9-3 Convertible was especially popular for its combination of style and functionality. It offered a unique proposition in the market with its four-season usability, thanks to a well-insulated soft top and solid build.
Saab 9-3 Sales Figures
Saab faced financial difficulties in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Despite attempts to revive the brand and its models, Saab went bankrupt in 2011, leading to the cessation of the 9-3’s production in 2012.